But how much of McCain’s choice was sensation and show and how much of it was actual political prowess?
I, Doctor Emmett Brown, will use the power of my greatest invention, the flux capacitor, to travel back in time and show you how things would be had events unfolded differently.
The first question at hand: Does John McCain choose Sarah Palin as his VP if Hillary Clinton is announced as Barack Obama’s vice presidental running mate?
A list of strong points that Sarah Palin brings to McCain’s campaign that are rendered useless against a Hillary VP ticket should shed some light on this quandary.
- First Woman sensation. The media would have hyped Hillary, McCain would have been accused of being a copycat.
- Maverick edge. Again, copycat syndrome; If Obama is doing it then it’s not all that radical is it?
- Hillary supporter appeal. No real reason to try.
- No sexist card. Hard to call a guy sexist when he’s got a female running mate.
- Experience. Compare Clinton’s political record to Palin’s political record, no brainer here.
So again, does McCain choose Palin as his VP if Hillary is on the ticket with Obama?
No. Palin would have been about as useful as a depleted power cell in a time machine to McCain’s campaign.
McCain picks someone with more grounding in politics like Mitt Romney or Tom Ridge who compliment McCain’s experience card so the GOP can hammer this point home against Obama. In these turbulent times what could possibly be better than experience?